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In memoriam: Sir Michael Howard

By Robert O’Neill On 30 November 2019, with the death of Sir Michael Howard, we in the strategic studies community lost one of our outstanding leaders of the 20th century. Born into a well-connected...

Japan and the Indo-Pacific: from strategy to vision

By Yoshihide Soeya ‘Indo-Pacific’ has now become a catchphrase of the times, a reference point in discussing regional politics and security. It is not clear, however, that there’s widespread agreement in the region on...

Geolocating Venezuelan Lawmakers In Europe

By Giancarlo Fiorella One of the newest chapters in the Venezuelan political saga involves a group of National Assembly lawmakers who were named in a report by the investigative news website Armando.Info alongside allegations...

Surviving in a world of sharper technological competition

By Lesley Seebeck Discussions on technology and strategy in Canberra typically lead down one of three paths. The first is military implications and applications, usually in the context of our relations with the United...

The Worst Kind of Medical Debt

By Olga Khazan and Jared Bennett, The Atlantic When treated at military hospitals, civilians can end up with tens of thousands of dollars in debt that the federal government relentlessly tries to collect. …read...

The significance of Tsai’s victory in Taiwan

By Huong Le Thu and Mark Harrison In Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections on 11 January 2020, Tsai Ing-wen secured a second term as president and her party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), maintained...

Europe needs to make some hard choices in 2020

By Zaki Laïdi For the first time since 1957, Europe finds itself in a situation where three major powers—the United States, China and Russia—have an interest in weakening it. They may squeeze the European...

Australia must adapt to a new climate reality

By Mike Scrafton The future international environment is now coming into focus. It doesn’t look promising. Government approaches to defence and human security will need to undergo a radical reassessment if they are to...

The US and Iran are hostages of history

By Carl Bildt During the recent flare-up between the United States and Iran, US President Donald Trump tweeted that he was prepared to bomb ‘52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by...

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